Khalan Laborn wasn’t always keen on the idea of playing his college football at Tennessee.
After one-on-time with Vols coaches in Knoxville, things changed in a hurry for the Scout No. 62 prospect in the 2017 class.
“I get along with the coaches,” Laborn told InsideTennessee. “I didn’t like them at first and then when I finally got there, things changed. I was like, ‘Wow, I need to give a school a chance.’
“I had a different outlook on things. The coaches were cool, I get along with the players, the head coach said I have a chance of playing early there as well.”
The No. 7-rated running back in the nation boasts 28 offers and said “(Virginia) Tech, Florida State, Tennessee, UNC, Ohio State” recruit him the hardest.
Nearly two dozen schools were all but eliminated from competition to land his services as Laborn announced a top 8 on May 3, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Among the items the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder covets from a potential landing spot, playing time is high on the list.
“It’s important a lot…a lot,” he said. “If I can start right away, I would do it.
“I work hard. I feel like I’m not at my full potential yet. Once I reach that full potential, I think the sky is the limit.”
The four-star still has a year on the prep level to refine his craft. It’s not yet known where that will be. Labor was a Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School but currently resides in North Carolina. If he stays put, he’ll land at either Mallard Creek High or Shelby High. If he returns to Virginia, the landing spot is likely Bishop Sullivan.
The 2015 VHSL Class 6A first-team all-state running back has a tentative declaration date set for June 3. Laborn mentioned that may get pushed back.
As a child, the Scout 100 playmaker looked up to some of the better names in football history.
“Growing up, my favorite athlete was Michael Vick, Deion Sanders, Bob Jackson and Walter Payton,” Laborn said. “Later on, I liked Tyrann Mathieu and I liked Devin Hester.”